Area basketball roundup

By Steve Sell
February 03, 2018

McPherson High’s basketball teams didn’t play on Friday, but there was plenty of area action.  was in Elyria for the Eagles and Canton-Galva and a story from those games was posted earlier. Here’s how the other action played out:

• Trinity Catholic boys 55, Moundridge 49 — The Wildcats have been like sprinters out of the gates in many games, but the Celtics left them in the starting blocks in the first quarter.

Amazingly, for a team as potent as Moundridge, the Wildcats did not score in the first quarter and found themselves down by 13.

They were down 29-14 at the half and made a spirited comeback in the second half, only to fall short as they shot only 30 percent for the game.

Noah Eichelberger, who recently eclipsed 1,000 career points, led MHS with 20 and Brady Helms added 15. Trinity focused on Canton-Galva Invitational MVP Dillon Vogts by holding him to 5.

“We have become accustomed to having good starts to games, but tonight was a different story as we went scoreless in the first quarter and had to play catch-up the rest of the night,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “We battled back and had the ball down 4 twice in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get a shot to fall. Proud of the kids for believing that we could come back. Trinity's size made their triangle-in-2 defense on Noah and Dillon even more effective. It comes down to our other guys hitting shots and we believe they can and will.”

• Moundridge girls 60, Trinity Catholic 48 — The Wildcats were down 28-20 at the half, but had their best second half of the season with a 40-point eruption.

Bethany Stucky scored 7 of her 13 points in the third quarter, then Moundridge ripped it up for 22 points in the fourth quarter, going 12 of 14 at the free throw line.

Hailey Unruh had a career night with 15 points. Moundridge had four players in doubles as Kaela Helms and Ellen Durst scored 10 apiece.

• Berean boys 57, Inman 29 — No game information was available.

• Berean girls 45, Inman 39 — The Teutons were right there with the Warriors, as they outscored them over the final three quarters after falling behind 13-4 after the first period.

The Teutons outscored Berean 12-4 in the second quarter to pull within a point by halftime and it was still a 2-point game going into the fourth quarter.

Olivia Clark led Inman with 13 points and MaKayla Michael just missed doubles with 9.

• Little River boys 55, Wakefield 34 — There aren’t many freshmen in the area like Little River’s Jayden Garrison.

After scoring just 3 points in the first half, he caught fire in the second half with 26 points to finish with 29. He scored 18 of those points in the third quarter as Little River, after just 16 points in the first half, put up 39 in the second half.

Jordan Moffett added 13 to the winning cause.

• Little River girls 44, Wakefield 17 — The Redskins excelled in all phases of the game to rout the Bombers.

Little River set the tone by outscoring Wakefield 17-0 in the first quarter and it was 26-7 at the half.

Madison Loder led a balanced attack for the winners with 11 points and Emma McBride scored 9, all in the first quarter.

“We played a great team game tonight,” Little River coach Trey Look said. “Came out in the first quarter pushing the tempo and forcing turnovers that led to some easy baskets. We shared the ball well tonight and when we do that it makes the game so much easier, but our defense is what really got us the win tonight.” 

• Hesston boys 72, Smoky Valley 70 — The Vikings roared back after being down 18 and had several opportunities at the end, including the follow shot of a missed free throw with 2 seconds left.

Hesston charged to a 37-25 halftime lead, but the Vikings started to make a dent with 19 points in the third quarter.

Nick Reinert and Jacob Adams scored 22 points apiece for Smoky, with Adams making 12 of 16 free throws. Smoky Valley coach Doug Schneider, however, said going just 21 of 33 at the line probably kept his team from winning.

Reese Nebel and Cameron Cox led Hesston with 25 and 17 points, respectively. Hesston was 17 of 19 at the line.

• Hesston girls 60, Smoky Valley 34 — Smoky Valley coach John Bellah was pleased that his team continued to play hard after being down 34-13 at the half.

The teams were even in the third quarter with 16 points, the best quarter Smoky played in the game.

Jordan Otto scored 12 points to lead Smoky, one more than Amanda Behanna. 

Elise Kaiser set the tone for Hesston with 3 3-pointers in the first quarter and she never let up, scoring 25. Kailey Jo Ince furnished 18 and both were on fire from the field, making 8 of 12 shots. Kaiser was 5 of 7 on 3s.